A pedestrian bridge lift will be officially opened in North Parramatta today to improve safety for all road users.

Minister for Roads, Maritime, and Freight Melinda Pavey and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee, unveiled the $5 million pedestrian bridge located along Pennant Hills Road.

KEY POINTS:

  • During peak hours, 200 people use the existing crossing on Pennant Hills Road, the majority school students.
  • More than 34,000 cars use this busy intersection each day.
  • Work included:
    • Building the foundation of the bridge and a retaining wall; 
    • Moving and protecting heritage pillars. 

Mrs Pavey said that the bridge will provide a safe route for everyone to cross the road, regardless of accessibility requirements.

“In light of National Road Safety Week, it is fitting that we are opening this new bridge to improve safety by separating pedestrians from a busy main road,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The NSW Government has invested in this project, including the lift installation because road safety shouldn’t discriminate against people with limited mobility, prams, or bicycles.”

Member for Parramatta Geoffrey Lee said the opening of the new bridge is great news for North Parramatta and local school communities, who can now enjoy a safer and more efficient crossing.

“There are several schools and a shopping centre in the immediate area, so the bridge will now ensure all pedestrians can safely make their way to school or the shops at all times.”